Beyond Arbitrage: 'Good Deal' Asset Price Bounds in Incomplete Markets

Posted: 12 Feb 2000

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John H. Cochrane

Hoover Institution; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jesus Saa-Requejo

Vega Asset Management LLC

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Abstract

It is often useful to price a given asset by reference to observed prices of other assets rather than construct full-fledged economic models that can price any asset. This approach breaks down if one cannot find a perfect replicating portfolio. We impose weak economic restrictions to derive usefully tight bounds on asset prices in this incomplete market situation. The bounds basically rule out high Sharpe ratios -- "good deals" -- as well as arbitrage opportunities. We show how to calculate the price bounds, in single period, multiperiod and continuous time contexts. We calculate bounds for option pricing examples including the Black-Scholes setup with infrequent trading, and a model with stochastic stock volatility and a varying riskfree rate.

JEL Classification: G12, G13

Suggested Citation

Cochrane, John H. and Saa-Requejo, Jesus, Beyond Arbitrage: 'Good Deal' Asset Price Bounds in Incomplete Markets. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 108, No. 1, February 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=202379

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